In the Gaithersburg, MD area, you can probably skate by not using your heating system until late in the heating season. But when you eventually have to switch your heat on, there are a few things you can do to make sure your home—and particularly your heating system—is ready for heating season.
Test Your Heating System and Humidifier
Test your heating system before you actually need it. Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure it’s working properly. Stand next to your indoor heating system and listen to it start up and make sure there aren’t any strange noises.
Test the humidifier—which usually needs a good cleaning every season—and any other accessories as well. Replace your humidifier’s water panel and open any dampers on the bypass lines. Check to see that the water supply is on and verify that there are no leaks. Be sure to check the drain, too. Pour water down the drain and make sure that it isn’t clogged.
Adjust the Dampers on Your Heating System
If you have manual dampers to redirect airflow based on the season, now would be a good time to adjust those. Remember – we want to send more of the heated air to the bottom floors of your home during the winter and reduce the airflow to the top floors. If the damper settings aren’t already labeled, label the winter and summer settings with a marker so you know where to set them next season.
Change or Clean Your Heating System’s Air Filters
Regularly clean or replace your air filters. Dirty filters reduce airflow, causing the system to work harder and use more energy. If you’re one that forgets to pick up replacement filters or need an odd size, let us know. We provide filters by the case so you always have a replacement available, and we can provide custom sizes.
Seal Leaks to Increase Your Heating System’s Efficiency and Reduce Energy Costs
Seal up those leaky doors, windows, and exterior penetrations – All those places where cold, outside air can be drawn into your home. Reduce the amount of air infiltration into your home and you’ll be more comfortable and save on energy usage this winter.
Another way to reduce the stress on your heating system and potentially save on energy costs is to open the shades and blinds during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home. Depending on your home’s exposure to the sun, this can make a significant difference in your energy costs. The best part – it’s free.
Of course the best way to keep your heating system in top shape for winter is to schedule regular heating system maintenance. At GAC Cooling & Heating, we offer a Peak Performance Maintenance Plan and can handle all your heating system maintenance for you. Sign up for our heating system maintenance plan today!